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History of Udaipur
Udaipur, the city of lakes, is also known as Venice of the East. Before the establishment of this beautiful city, there are some residues associated with the 5000-year-old Ayad civilization. This shows that even before the establishment of the original city of Udaipur, there used to be a fully developed ancient city here.
Udaipur, situated on the banks of the River Ayad, was founded in 1559 by Maharana Pratap’s father Maharana Uday Singh II. However, some historians also believe that Udaipur was founded on 15 April 1553 in Akhtij. The oldest Motimahal in Udaipur, which has been transformed into a ruin, also confirms this.
Some historians believe that the first palace that Maharana Uday Singh built in Udaipur is called Motimahal (at present the responsibility of looking after Motimahal rests with the Motimagapari Trust). Many different stories related to the construction of Udaipur by Maharana Uday Singh are very popular here.
Maharana Uday Singh used to govern Mewar from Chittorgarh before Udaipur. But to avoid the constant invasions of the Mughals on Chittorgarh, this place, surrounded by the Aravalli ranges, today called Udaipur, was chosen as the new capital of Mewar.
According to a legend associated with the construction of Moti mahal, once Maharana Uday Singh came to Kailashpuri after the birth of his grandson Amar Singh to visit the God of Mewar, Eklingji, the deity and ruler. He then found the area around the river Ayad as the new capital of Mewar and protected from Mughal invasions.
After that Maharana Uday Singh first built Motimahal for the new city settled at this place.
Lakes in Udaipur
Located in the lap of the Aravalli ranges, Udaipur city is called the city of lakes in India, some people call Udaipur as Venice of the east. There are a total of seven lakes in Udaipur, apart from this there are 10-15 small and big lakes and ponds in the surrounding areas of Udaipur. Five of the seven lakes located in Udaipur are man-made.
From time to time, small dams were constructed by the rulers of Udaipur to deal with the problem of floods and water and to collect the water of these dams, such a large number of lakes were built in Udaipur. The water of some of these seven lakes located in Udaipur is still the main source of the water supply of Udaipur city.
Fatehsagar Lake Udaipur
Man-made Fatehsagar Lake is the second largest lake located in the northwestern part of Udaipur city. This man-made lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh of Udaipur in 1687, 200 years after the lake was built, in 1888 there was a huge flood due to which there was a lot of damage in Udaipur.
To avoid the terrible flood situation at that time, the then Maharana Fateh Singh built the Connaught Dam on the lake and gave the lake its present form. Later, this lake came to be known as Fatehsagar in honour of Maharana Fateh Singh. One of the most prominent lakes of Udaipur city, the Fatehsagar lake is divided into three small islands.
The first island known as Nehru Park has a restaurant for eating and drinking and besides a small zoo, Nehru Park is one of the most suitable places for family and children’s entertainment. A water jet fountain and a public garden have been constructed to make the lake attractive on the second island.
A solar observatory to study the sun has been built on the third island of the lake. The natural environment of the Fatehsagar lake is the best place in Udaipur to sit for a long time in a calm environment and also to enjoy photography. In the morning and evening, local residents of Udaipur like to come for a walk on the Fatehsagar lake.
Various cultural programs and musical evenings are also organized throughout the year on the lake. To promote tourism and to make your visit to Fatehsagar lake memorable, tourists who visit the lake can go boating and also enjoy speed boats.
You can visit Fatehsagar Lake at any time of the day, but if you want to enjoy boating, then it would be the best time to go from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The fees for boating from tourists on Fatehsagar lake are charged as follows.
Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur Timings
Any time of the day.
Fateh sagar Lake Udaipur Boating Charges
Indian tourists: – 15-30 INR
Foreign tourists: – 60 – 125 INR
Adult: – 200 INR
For children: – 100 INR
Speed Boat: –
Per Person: – 200 INR
(The duration of the speed boat is 30 minutes. Speed boat rides are conducted from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.)
Note: – The fee and time of Boating, Motor Boat and Speed Boat can be changed at any time.
Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur Entry Fee
Maharana Pratap Memorial Udaipur
Maharana Bhagat Singh built this magnificent monument on the small hill of Moti Magri (called Pearl Hill) near Fatehsagar Lake in honour of Maharana Pratap and his trusted horse Chetak in the 18th century. Presently this monument is also known as Pratap Memorial or Maharana Pratap Memorial.
The biggest centre of attraction is the statue of Maharana Pratap and his loyal horse installed in this monument. The statue is 11 feet above the ground and weighs 70 tons. The memorial also has a museum attached to Maharana Pratap and his associates.
The museum depicts the rich history of Mewar with a very lively depiction of the battle of Haldighati fought by Maharana Pratap and his associates. A Japanese rock garden is also built near the memorial, which you can take some time to see. Behind the statue of Maharana Pratap, the first building in Udaipur, Motimahal is located.
Presently Motimahal has become a complete ruin but there is a small temple of Ishtadeva Eklingji of Sisodia Rajputs and a light and sound show is organized at Motimahal in the evening.
Changes are made in the entrance to the monument and light and sound by the tourism department.
Maharana Pratap Memorial Udaipur Timings
The memorial is open to tourists from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the evening.
Maharana Pratap Memorial Udaipur Entry Fee
The entrance fee for Indian tourists is charged Rs 20 / – and the entrance fee of Rs 10 / – is charged from the students. The entry fee for foreign tourists has been fixed at Rs. 50 / -.
Maharana Pratap Memorial Udaipur Light And Sound Show Timings
The Light and Sound Show begins at 8:15 pm in summer and 7:30 pm in winter.
Maharana Pratap Memorial Udaipur Light And Sound Show Entry Fee
The ticket per person of Light and Sound Show is charged Rs. 35 / -.
Pichola Lake Udaipur
Before the establishment of Udaipur in 1362 AD, Rana Lakha built Lake Pichola near the village of Picholi. A person named Chhitramal Banjara, who lives here, built this lake at the behest of Maharana. Later, when Maharana Udai Singh II started to settle Udaipur at this place, he also expanded the Pichola lake.
Pichola Lake is also divided into four small islands like Fatehsagar Lake. There is Jag Niwas in the central part of the lake, which is currently famous as a Five Star Hotel Taj Lake Palace. The Jagan temple is built on the second island. Mohan Temple is built on the third island, the Gangaur festival is organized annually in Mohan Temple.
On the fourth and final island, Arsi Vilas remains. Arsi Vilas is a small palace and together this palace was used as a warehouse of ammunition at that time. Like other man-made lakes of Rajasthan, Pichola Lake is a freshwater artificial lake.
The lake is spread over a total of 696 hectares and has a depth of about 8.5 meters. From time to time, the construction of palaces, temples and ghats near the lake has been going on. The most beautiful views of Udaipur’s City Palace are visible from Lake Pichola.
Boat rides and entry fees on Lake Pichola can be changed by the local administration according to the season.
Pichola Lake Timings Udaipur
Pichola Lake is open for tourists throughout the week, tourists can visit Lake Pichola from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the evening.
Pichola Lake Entry Fee Udaipur
Pichola Lake Boating Charges Udaipur
If you ride a boat in Pichola Lake during day time, then the adult is charged Rs 400 / – and children are charged Rs 200 / -. In the evening, the fee for a boat ride called Sunset Boat Ride has been fixed at Rs 700 / – for an adult and Rs 400 / – for children.
Pichola Lake Boating Timings Udaipur
The time to ride the boat on the lake has been set from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the evening.
The construction of City Palace, one of the biggest tourist places of Udaipur and one of the most magnificent palaces in India, situated near Pichola Lake was started by Maharana Uday Singh II after the establishment of Udaipur.
But today the kings of 22 generations of the Sisodia Rajput family have contributed to complete the present-day city palace in Udaipur. In this way, it took a total of 400 years for the City Palace to get its present form.
At present, there are a total of 11 small and large palaces in the City Palace. A typical tourist needs about 4-5 hours to roam in the City Palace, but if you do not have any prior information related to the City Palace, then you might miss seeing a lot in the City Palace.
If you want, you can hire a guide at City Palace, for which you may have to pay 200 to 250 rupees. Or you can get the complete travel guide of City Palace for free by clicking on the link given for complete information about City Palace. Click here for complete information about City Palace.
Jag Mahal / Jag Niwas / Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur
In 1746, the then Maharana Jagat Singh of Udaipur built Jag Niwas as a summer residence for himself and other members of the royal family. At that time Jag Niwas was a splendid palace of 83 luxurious rooms built right in the middle of Lake Pichola.
The palace was named Jag Niwas after Maharana Jagat Singh. Jag Niwas was done completely keeping in mind Vastu, the maximum part of the palace is facing east so that the direct light of the sun enters the palace at sunrise. Presently Jag Niwas or Jag Mahal has been converted into a five-star hotel and is now known as Taj Lake Palace.
The Taj Group of Hotels has full responsibility for the maintenance of the Lake Palace. The idea of converting Jag Mahal into a hotel first came to the mind of Maharana Bhagwat Singh. He entrusted the responsibility of an American architect firm to convert Jag Niwas into a hotel.
The Taj Group then took over the responsibility of maintenance of the Lake Palace in 1971 and the Lake Palace got 75 more rooms constructed. After 1971, renovation work was done at Lake Palace in 2000 also. Tourists can see the Lake Palace through the boat ride at Lake Pichola, but if you want to see this magnificent palace from inside, then you will have to book a room for yourself.
Jag Mandir Palace Udaipur
Jag Mandir Palace is a very magnificent and beautiful palace situated on a small island in the southern part of Lake Pichola. The distance from Taj Lake Palace to Jag Mandir is about 800 meters. The construction of the Jag Mandir was started by Maharana Amar Singh in 1551 and later Maharana Karan Singh and Maharana Jagat Singh completed the work of this palace during their rule.
A very historical event is also associated with the construction of Jag Mandir. When Shah Jahan, the son of the Mughal ruler Jahangir rebelled against his father, Maharana Karan Singh gave shelter to Udaipur to hide Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan spent the maximum time of his exile in the Jag Mandir.
The period of Maharana Karan Singh’s reign in Udaipur from 1620 to 1628, he contributed to the remaining construction work of Jag Mandir. After the death of Maharana Karan Singh, his successor Maharana Jagat Singh completed the unfinished construction work of the Jag Mandir.
The palace was named Jag Mandir in honour of Maharana Jagat Singh. The Jag Mandir situated in Lake Pichola offers a very beautiful example of architectural art. This three-storied palace is built using white marble and sandstone. 8 elephant statues made of marble outside the palace are the major centre of attraction in the Jag Mandir.
Gul Mahal is the first building built in the Jag Mandir, which was built by Maharana Amar Singh. Apart from Gul Mahal, when you enter the Jag Mandir from the side of Bansi Ghat, the statues of 8 elephants welcome you. There is a very beautiful garden in the palace, in which chameli, rose, boganvellia and palm trees add to the beauty of the palace.
The open roof of the palace, called the Darikhana, is now used as a restaurant. Apart from all this, a twelve stone palace is also built in the Jag Mandir. There is also a museum in the Jag Mandir, in which many important items associated with the Sisodia Rajput dynasty are seen.
Entrance to the Jag Mandir is free for tourists, but being situated in Pichola Lake, tourists can reach the Jag Mandir by boat.
Jag Mandir Udaipur Timings
From 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM.
Jag Mandir Udaipur Entry Fee
Jag Mandir Udaipur Boating Charge
To go to Jag Mandir by boat, tourists have to pay Rs 450 / – per person during the day time and after the afternoon a boat ride fee of Rs 700 / – per person.
Doodh Talai Udaipur
Doodh Talai is a small lake located close to the Pichola Lake and City Palace (Shiva Palace). The Shiva Palace located in the City Palace used to be the residence of Maharana Fateh Singh. Doodh Talai has two very beautiful gardens, the first garden is known as Pandit Din Dayal garden and the second is known as Manikya Lal Verma.
Pandit Din Dayal garden has very beautiful views of Lake Pichola. With this, the tourist can also see very beautiful views of the sunset from here. An artificial waterfall is also built in the garden to give beauty to the garden. Manikya Lal Varma Udyan is situated near Pandit Din Dayal garden in Doodh Talai.
This garden was built by the Udaipur Municipal Council in 1995. The garden offers very beautiful and mind-blowing views of the Aravalli ranges.
Dudh Talai Udaipur Timings
From 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM at night.
Dudh Talai Udaipur Entry Fee
Indian Tourist – 20 / – INR
Student – 10 / – INR
Foreign Tourist – INR 30 / –
Karni Mata Rope-Way / Karni Mata Temple Udaipur
The temple of the Manshapurn Karni Mata was built by Maharana Karan Singh, situated on the top of the Machala Magra hill of the Aravalli ranges, located near the Pichola Lake in Udaipur.
Though Karni Mata is the Ishtadevi of the royal family of Bikaner, Maharana Karan Singh of Udaipur built the Manshapurn Karni Mata Temple in the border area of Udaipur on the basis of his princely security and religious beliefs. In 1997, renovation work was done in the temple premises by the local administration.
The Manshapurn Karni Mata Temple offers a panoramic view of Udaipur’s City Palace and Pichola lakes. There are two ways to reach the Karni Mata temple. First, you can reach the temple by climbing the stairs on foot. Secondly, the local administration built a ropeway to go from Deendayal Gardens to the temple.
It takes only a few minutes to reach the temple from the ropeway. Very beautiful views of Udaipur are seen from the ropeway. The Temple of Manshapurn Karani Mata is one of the best and suitable places to see the magnificent Ariel View of Udaipur city.
Karni Mata Temple Udaipur Timings
From 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
Karni Mata Temple Udaipur Entry Fee
Karni Mata Ropeway Udaipur Timings
From 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
Karni Mata Ropeway Udaipur Ticket Price
100 / – per person is charged from Indian tourists on the ropeway and Rs. 50 / – has been earmarked for young children. Foreign tourists are charged Rs 300 / – per person, for young children, a fee of Rs 100 / – has been fixed. The height of children should not exceed 110 cm.
Vintage Classic Car Museum Udaipur
Rana Arvind Singh Ji Mewar of Udaipur is very famous for his attachment to cars. Due to this hobby, he established the only vintage classic car museum in Udaipur on 15 February 2000 in the former Mewar State Motor Garage building. This vintage car museum was inaugurated by Lord Montagu Beaulieu, founder of the National Motor Museum of England.
A total of 20 vintage cars are stored in this car museum. This vintage cars collection features vintage models of luxurious cars like Rolls-Royce, Ford, Cadillac, MG-TC Convertible, Mercedes and Vauxhall-12.
The models of all cars in the museum are early 19th century cars. Apart from cars, solar-powered rickshaws have also been included in the museum of cars. An old petrol pump of the Shell Company is also built in the museum, this old petrol pump attracts the attention of tourists. For car lovers and car collectors, this museum is nothing less than a paradise.
Many vintage car collectors and people associated with the auto industry of the world come to see this car museum. All the cars kept in the museum can still run very well on the roads today. Many of the museum’s vintage cars have also received many world accolades.
Vintage Car Museum Udaipur Timings
From 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
Vintage Car Museum Udaipur Entry Fee
The entrance fee to the museum has been fixed at Rs 250 / – for adults and Rs 150 / – for children.
Hotel in Udaipur
Udaipur is one of the largest and most famous tourist destinations of Rajasthan. Lakhs of tourists from all over the world come to visit Rajasthan and Udaipur is definitely named in the bucket list of all those tourists. Udaipur is also one of the most expensive cities in Rajasthan.
Presently, if you are coming to visit Udaipur, then you can book a room for yourself very comfortably on the online hotel booking website and if you want, you can also book a hotel room by reaching Udaipur.
If you do not want to spend a lot of money according to your stay in Udaipur, then there are some such Dharamshalas which have a rent of only Rs 100 / – per day. Tourists coming to Udaipur can book rooms worth Rs 100 / – to lakhs of rupees. Now it is completely up to you how much money you want to spend to stay in Udaipur.
How to reach Udaipur
How to reach Udaipur By Road
Udaipur is a major city of Rajasthan as well as being a famous tourist destination, the city is very well connected to major cities of the country by the highway. Direct bus service to Udaipur is available from almost all major cities of the country. If you want, you can reach Udaipur very easily by your personal vehicle or cab.
How to reach Udaipur By Train
Tourists can also reach Udaipur very easily by rail route. Regular rail service to Udaipur is available from almost all major cities of the country.
How to reach Udaipur By Air
Although the name of the airport of Udaipur is Maharana Pratap Airport, the locals call it more than the name of Dabok Airport. The distance from Udaipur city to Dabok airport is 22 kilometres.
Regular air services to Udaipur are available from some major cities of the country, but if you are travelling to Udaipur from another country, then you have to come to Ahmedabad, the nearest city of Udaipur. The distance from Ahmedabad to Udaipur is only 260 kilometres. Regular air services to Ahmedabad operate at many major airports of the world.
Places to Visit near Udaipur
There are many beautiful tourist places around Udaipur like Udaipur Part-02, Udaipur Part-03, Udaipur Part-04, City Palace, Kumbhalgarh, Kumbhalgarh National Park, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Parshuram Mahadev Temple in Saadri, Chittorgarh, Nathdwara, Mountabu and Amba Ji Temple located in Gujarat.
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